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12/04 Bridgend Ath 8 Ebbw 38
19/04 Ebbw v Llanharan (Lge 2:30)
'REL' enjoyed our school side's day out in Cardiff and a breezy day in Bridgend, and he's looking forward to Llanharan's visit to Eugene Cross Park. They were our first "post-relegation" opponents; now, without cheating, name our front five that afternoon in September 2010...
Ebbw Vale v Llanharan
Ebbw Vale go into Saturday's match with Llanharan knowing that a win will seal an undefeated season at home, as well as marking two years to the weekend since they last lost in the league at ECP. The team is:
Tom Watkins, Wes Cunliffe, Jordan Howells, Carl Meyer, Luke Davies; Iain Smerdon, Chris Thomas; Ross Jones, Mathew WIlliams, Rob Sevenoaks; Damien Hudd (capt), Ashley Sweet; Gareth Rusby-Davies, Ronny Kynes, Spencer Gibson. Bench from squad.
Head Coach Jason Strange said, "The players are really keen to sign off the home season with a good performance in front of our supporters, who've been tremendous throughout the campaign. The boys are determined to go unbeaten in the league this season, but will just be focusing on this game and looking to improve again."
More signings announced
Ebbw Vale RFC Chairman Jonathan Jones has announced three more signings, and it's great news for supporters that front row trio Ross Jones, Mathew Williams and Rob Sevenoaks have put pen to paper ahead of the club's first season back in the Premiership. Mathew 'Chunky' Williams's career as a Steelman spans 11 seasons and over 200 games. His experience as a Premiership player will be invaluable to the pack, the team and the whole club. Props Ross Jones and Robert Sevenoaks have locked out the scrum, destroyed opponents and still had enough energy to put in countless tackles and carry the ball into the heart of opposition territory time after time over the last four years. Jonathan said, "We're blessed with an abundance of front row talent at Ebbw Vale. It's been the envy of other Championship sides and will be the envy of other Premiership sides. Chunky, Ross and Rob are absolutely essential ingredients in our recipe for success and we couldn't be more delighted that all three have signed already."
This comes on top of the news that the mighty second row pair of Damien Hudd and Ashley Sweet have already signed contracts for next season. "They've been here throughout our time in Division One and the Championship," said Jason Strange. "They've never given less than total commitment in everything, on and off the pitch. Damien, as club skipper for four years has been a truly talismanic figure and I fiirmly believe he is playing the best rugby of his career. I can see him leading this club for some time yet! Ashley, too, has been an absolutely outstanding performer, a model of consistency and a crucial part of all we have sought to do. I couldn't be more pleased than knowing they have both signed up for the Premiership campaign next season."
There will be more signings announced next week.
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